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Engine House at SW623295, West Wheal Metal and Flow or Gold Hill Tin Mine

A Grade II Listed Building in Breage, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1181 / 50°7'5"N

Longitude: -5.3269 / 5°19'37"W

OS Eastings: 162264

OS Northings: 29524

OS Grid: SW622295

Mapcode National: GBR FX7C.LR3

Mapcode Global: VH132.M969

Plus Code: 9C2P4M9F+66

Entry Name: Engine House at SW623295, West Wheal Metal and Flow or Gold Hill Tin Mine

Listing Date: 26 August 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1158216

English Heritage Legacy ID: 65727

ID on this website: 101158216

Location: Trew, Cornwall, TR13

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Breage

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Breage with Godolphin and Ashton

Church of England Diocese: Truro

Tagged with: Chimney

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7/28 Engine house at SW623295, West
Wheal Metal and Flow or Gold Hill
tin mine


Disused beam engine house. 1881. Killas and granite rubble walls with dressed
granite quoins and jambstones, granite ashlar bob wall, round brick arches and timber
Rectangular single cell plan, thicker bob wall at west side. Three storeys over
basement, floors and machinery removed.
West bob wall has large central ground floor round-arched opening, blind over, and
former weathrboarded 2nd floor and gable removed. The opposite east wall has similar
ground floor opening. Gable over fallen. The side walls have ground floor openings
with granite lintels over and 1st and second floor openings spanned by wooden
This engine house contained a rotative beam engine of about 30 inch cylinder
diameter. It drove a set of stamps and also drew water for dressing purposes from
the adit level via a shaft at the rear by means of a 'back-bob'. The machinery was
used for some years to treat the huge waste dumps of Wheal Vor and Wheal Metal but
underground operation was minimal. The engine house is of technical interest in that
it. is one of only two in Cornwall which show clearly where the back bob was mounted.
There is a fine detached chimney at a short distance to the south east (see Detached
Chimney at SW623295 NW, West Wheal Metal, qv) and traces of a former underground flue
leading to this survive.
Sources: Kenneth Brown, council member of the Trevithick Society.

Listing NGR: SW6226429524

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